Apartment rents are skyrocketing in the United States
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Apartment rents across America have risen 12% in just one year. This increase is enough to wipe out any modest increase that most people could have gotten on their salary.
The problem with rent is that once it goes up, it rarely goes down, especially with apartment occupancy rates also skyrocketing. Zumper, a rental market website, reports:
Rent opened 2022 the same way it spent 2021, setting a new all-time high. The median one-bedroom rent on the Zumper National Index rose to $1,374 (or about 0.000112 of a bored monkey) this month, up 12% year-over-year . The median two-bedroom hit $1,698, a 14.1% year-over-year increase.
For context, year-over-year growth in January 2021 was 0.6% and in January 2020 it was 0.3%.
Let’s compare today’s rising rates with those of past years to establish a basic understanding of how housing costs have risen:
Here is a sample of rental rates in 40 cities:
Now let’s take a look at month-over-month and year-over-year trends in the top 20 cities ranked by apartment rent cost:
In 2020, some cities saw a slight drop in apartment rental costs because so many people who lost their jobs moved in with others, and apartment vacancy rates doubled from what it is today.
The old rule of thumb about how much you should spend on rent disappears when prices rise so quickly. It was the 30% rule, which suggests spending a maximum of around 30% of your gross income on rent. A Harvard study from well before this rent spike found that 45% of households earning between $30,000 and $45,000 spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The rule was a calculation that is rooted in the 1969 social housing regulations and may have no application in today’s economy.
Truckers rolled large trucks through Ottawa in protest over the weekend. The protest might not end anytime soon.
As of January 15, Canada began requiring truckers to show proof of vaccination when entering Canada. The United States imposed a similar mandate on January 22. Don’t forget that Canada is one of the main trading partners of the United States, more or less on a par with Mexico and ahead of China.
A new Ipsos poll shows that the majority of Canadians support mandatory vaccines for everyone who is eligible. 88% of eligible Canadians are vaccinated.
The American Journal of Emergency Medicine has a warning for those of you who have to shovel to get out of this weekend’s snow.
- Over a 17-year study period, an average of 11,500 people a year were injured while shoveling snow.
- The average annual rate of snow shovel injuries and medical emergencies was 4.15 per 100,000 population.
- About two-thirds (67.5%) of these incidents occurred among men.
- Children under the age of 18 accounted for 15.3% of cases, while older adults (55 and older) accounted for 21.8%.
- The most common diagnosis was a soft tissue injury (54.7%).
- Lower back injuries accounted for 34.3% of cases.
- The most common mechanism of injury/nature of medical emergency was acute musculoskeletal strain (53.9%), followed by slips and falls (20.0%) and being hit by a snow shovel (15 .0%).
- Heart-related emergency room visits accounted for 6.7% of cases, including all 1,647 deaths in the study.
- Patients required hospitalization in 5.8% of cases. Most snow shovel incidents (95.6%) occurred in and around the home.
You may be shoveling wrong. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons advises you to push the snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift the snow with your shovel, don’t twist your body to throw the snow over your shoulder. This strains your back muscles.
Since I live in Florida and haven’t shoveled snow in maybe four decades, let’s turn to WickedLocal for more advice.
Before reading this little article on Mashed, I had not considered what the articles we collect before a storm say about us and our expectations. If you take milk and bread, for example, that probably means you think it will pass pretty quickly. But if you’re buying canned, you might be looking at staying much longer than bread and milk would last.
Pittsburgh magazine has put forward a theory that milk and bread hoarding may be rooted in decades-old shortages that occurred after storms before cities immediately plowed the streets and before we apparently had markets. on every street corner.
Over the weekend, I heard one interviewee talk about his fear of losing power and seeing his food go bad in his fridge. Many years ago, while reporting on an ice storm, I said something about people worrying about losing their refrigeration. A guy called the TV station complaining that any idiot knows if you lose refrigeration in an ice storm you can just put your food in a cooler outside.
You have your worries, we have ours. This was an actual Florida weather advisory.
New guidelines just released by the American Heart Association state that before performing CPR to restart a person’s heart, you should put on personal protective equipment, including respirators, gowns, gloves and protective goggles.
Sure, this might be easier in a hospital setting, where PPE might be nearby, but that hardly seems practical outside of a medical setting. If you are at home or somewhere where you can pick up a PPE gown, gloves, and respirator, the American Red Cross has some advice:
- We recommend placing a face mask or face covering over the victim’s mouth and nose. If only 1 mask is available and it is a simple face mask or face covering, we recommend placing it on the victim.
- Although CPR with breaths has been shown to be beneficial over CPR with compression alone, during the COVID-19 outbreak, it is currently recommended that no artificial respiration be performed for adult patients in cardiac arrest with COVID- 19 confirmed or suspected, due to the risk of disease transmission.
- When assessing normal breathing, we recommended that the CPR/First Aid provider look for breathing but not listen to or feel the victim’s breathing, as this will minimize potential exposure.
- We recommend that adult victims of sudden cardiac arrest receive continuous CPR with compression only from their CPR/first aid provider until emergency personnel arrive. Note: Compression-only CPR saves lives compared to no CPR.
- Cardiac arrests that occur after a breathing problem (which is often the case in infants and young children), drownings, and drug overdoses may benefit from standard CPR that includes compressions and artificial respirations. Note: It is recognized that in some cases the victim may also have COVID-19. However, if a lay responder is unable or unwilling to perform artificial respiration with CPR, compression-only CPR should be initiated.
Here is a very helpful video showing how to perform CPR while trying to minimize exposure to COVID-19. It’s worth sharing with the public or producing your own version.
A week ago, a school board in Tennessee banned Maus — a Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust series. 42 years after the book was published, the books are #2 and #3 on Amazon’s bestseller list, which I think is not what the school board expected.
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